Honker's Ale - Goose Island Beer Co.
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Reviews by allforbetterbeer:
3.63/5 rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
Poured from a 1 month old bottle into a snifter.
Pours crystal clear with a flamed orange peel body under a nearly white head that retains well. Looks a like a good bitter.
Sweet, mild, toasty warm malts pair with light hop notes in the inviting nose. Bread crust, toasted white bread, cracked barley, sweet grass, and spring leaves come to mind.
The flavor is balanced and poised in the right ways. This does taste like a bitter in the traditional sense, which is uncommon in terms of American versions of the style. Too often they are over hopped, or just take the wrong track with the balance and water chemistry. The malts are sweet on the front end, and warm on the back. The hops are quite minimal, and although I never thought I would say this, I believe I am wanting more hop flavor (not bitterness) in this bitter.
The mouthfeel is rather highly carbonated for the style, which takes away from the English feel. Otherwise it hits near the mark, with a touch of residual sugars.
Conclusion: A good American version of this sublime English style. I take my bitter seriously, and have always felt that the style is neglected or abuse as a general rule by American brewers. This is an alright example, but it doesn't shine like the best of the real English versions do.
Serving type: bottle
12-05-2012 04:28:52 | More by allforbetterbeer
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3.74/5 rDev +1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
A- Clear amber color with a soapy, quickly dissipating, 1/2 finger head. Not much lacing.
S- Caramel, cracker, bread, a touch of orange, ripe apple, and something that reminds me of fresh hop funk. It seems like there may be some cinnamon in there, too.
T- Mirrors the nose pretty closely, but at times has a nice sour quality that comes through. Big bready, slightly charred aftertaste. Some peppery notes show up as well.
M- Medium light body. Not overly drying.
O- This one was pretty good. Mostly malt driven, but the hop characteristics added nice character. On the lighter side of the spectrum in all categories, but very easy drinking and sessionable.
Serving type: bottle
07-18-2014 20:57:36 | More by tmm313
Honker's Ale from Goose Island Beer Co.
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